COMMUNITY VOICE FROM LAKES TO WILDFLOWERS
LADY BIRD JOHNSON HELPED MAKE AUSTIN A NATURAL CITY Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
The legacy of Lady Bird Johnson stretches from coast to coast across the United States, but nowhere is the impact of this groundbreaking former First Lady of the United States more visible than in Austin and the surrounding Hill Country, where she was personally responsible for creating or preserving three of our most treasured natural wonders. During the administration of her husband, President Lyndon Baines Johnson, Mrs. Johnson played a direct role in 50 major initiatives related to conservation and beautification, from the Highway Beautification Act to the Wild and Scenic Rivers Program. After leaving political life, Mrs. Johnson continued to advocate for the environment, with so much passion that her name graces everything from the 300-acre Lady Bird Johnson Grove in California’s Redwood National Park, to the Lady Bird Johnson Memorial Cherry Blossom Grove in Missouri. Much has been written about Lady Bird Johnson’s early life in East Texas and Alabama, and her political history as a First Lady who forged the modern role of that office as we know it. Today, we are focused on three major accomplishments by Mrs. Johnson that have had major impacts on Austin and the Hill Country, immeasurably improving our quality of life and helping to expand national and global awareness of the environment. Lady Bird Lake Lady Bird Lake is the emerald necklace that knits together many of Austin’s most-used recreational areas and natural attractions, including Zilker Park, Barton Springs, the Congress Avenue Bat Colony, Deep Eddy Pool and Red Bud Isle. These areas host some of Austin’s most iconic festivals, such as the ACL Music Festival and Austin Reggae Festival.
Throughout the Center, visitors will enjoy seeing nearly 900 species of Texas native plants, nine acres of cultivated gardens, the 16-acre Texas Arboretum with more 70 species of native Texas trees, and 148 species of birds. Since its founding, the center has evolved from a private nonprofit research organization that was narrowly focused on Texas wildflowers, to a major botanic garden and research unit of the university. Today, it is known for plant conservation, landscape restoration and sustainable approaches to landscape design. Enchanted Rock Many people aren’t aware of the important role Mrs. Johnson played in rescuing one of the most iconic natural landmarks in the Hill Country, and in fact all of Texas: Enchanted Rock. Enchanted Rock emerged from underground over millions of years, gradually exposed by uplifting, erosion, and the ebb and flow of seas that once covered this part of Texas. The domelike shape of Enchanted Rock evolved through a process known as “exfoliation,” where natural heating and cooling processes cause the granite to flake off in thin, curving layers. In 1978, Enchanted Rock opened as an official State Natural Area. It has been designated as a National Natural Landmark and is also on the National Register of Historic Places as an Archaeological District. To learn more about natural attractions surrounding Sweetwater visit our website and check out the Hill Country Recreation Guide.
News from Newland: Sweetwater’s Red Oak Tree Wins Award
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Can anybody use the Sweetwater Trails System?
The Trails are for Sweetwater residents and their guests.
Can you ride bikes on the Trails?
Bikes are allowed on the Trails. They are designed for walking/hiking/biking. No horses or motorized vehicles.
Are there Amenities for rent in Sweetwater?
The Clubhouse at the front pool, the Pool Pavilion and the Events Field are for rent. The Overlook Club & Pool are not for rent.
Are the pools open all year?
How do I go about requesting road maintenance or get a crosswalk installed?
Both pools are open year round, unheated and with no lifeguards.
With the exception of the Davenport Roads, all roads in Sweetwater are Travis County roads. More informatipn is available at - https://www. traviscountytx.gov
News from Newland SWEETWATER’S 33-FOOT-TALL RED OAK TREE WINS TEXAS LANDSCAPING AWARD Can you imagine digging a hole that’s 12 feet wide and 5 feet deep? That’s how big the hole had to be for the 33-foottall Shumard Red Oak tree that crowns Sweetwater’s Hilltop Park. The installation of this 22,000-poundtree was so complex, it won a silver Excellence in Landscaping award from the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association. Austin’s ECOSystems Landscape Services began by excavating that 12-footwide by five-foot-deep hole that would allow for installation of soils and the large root ball, which was eight feet square by three feet deep. Knowing the importance of proper drainage for such a large tree, they installed a French drain that ran from the bottom of the hole and released on the side of the hill. This ensured that the tree would not be in jeopardy of overwatering or root rot in the future. Once the tree arrived on site, they used a combination of skid steers, lifts and eventually a front-end loader to truck the tree to the top of the hill. With the dramatic slope and extreme weight of the tree, it was paramount to use spotters and safety coordinators at every step.
After the slow climb to the top with the tree, they confirmed the final planting height of the tree in relation to the final grade. They used a structural soil and planting mix that would allow for drainage, proper compaction and security for the newly planted tree. Several checks with a level ensured that the hole was prepared properly for the tree. Another safety briefing took place and the tree was lowered in the hole which was then backfilled. The final steps included installing hardwood mulch, along with four stream bubblers on their own irrigation zone. They also anchored the rootball with specially constructed rebar anchors and framework to protect the tree against high winds. This award-winning tree at Hilltop Park will be a beautiful place for Sweetwater residents to gather throughout the year, to relax amid the circle of lounge chairs and enjoy inspiring views of the surrounding Hill Country. The park has been seeded with wildflowers for a dazzling spring display, and native grasses and cacti will offer beauty and interest all year round. In the fall, the Shumard Red Oak displays dramatic color.
Will Sweetwater residents be zoned for the New Elementary School?
The Rough Hollow Elementary School will officially open its doors on August 19, 2020 and Sweetwater residents who currently attend West Cypress Hills Elementary will go to the new school.
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FACES OF SWEETWATER | RESIDENT PROFILE Q: How did you come to live at Sweetwater?
Q: Favorite local place to go out on a date?
A: We were looking for a place that was primarily young families, had great amenities and was not a far drive from downtown.
A: When it’s just Eric and I we usually end up at Cho Sushi in Lakeway. When we go as a family it’s usually Angles Ice House.
Q: What are your favorite things about the community?
Q: What surprised you about living here?
A: The actual sense of community you feel living here. It’s nothing I have experienced before. My husband, kids and I have made so many great friendships. Q: Tell us about your family.
Sondra Kinder & Daniel Bus Q: Where are you from originally? A: We recently moved here from Newport Beach, CA
A: We are a family of four. My husband and I are originally from Plymouth, Michigan. Eric is a construction manager for Perry Homes and I am an assistant preschool teacher at One Chapel Kids Academy. We have a son who is 5 and daughter who is 3.
A: How outgoing, kind and welcoming all the residents are and the beautiful hiking trails. We hike as a family at least once a month. The whole family loves it. Q: Can you share something very few people know about you? A: We have lived in three states in the past five years.
SPRING BREAK | THINGS TO DO Inner Space Cavern
The Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex
4200 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, Georgetown, TX www.innerspacecavern.com
Mueller Market District - 1830 Simond Ave, Austin, TX www.thinkeryaustin.org
1156 Hargrave St, Austin, TX www.myec.net
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Lake Travis Zipline Adventures
4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX www.wildflower.org
14529 Pocohontas Trail, Volente, TX www.ziplaketravis.com
10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin, TX www.austinzoo.org Community Voice Mar/Apr 2020 | 3
MARCH/APRIL 2020 COMMUNITY EVENT CALENDAR S
Spring Fling & Hot Dogs, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Events Lawn
Men’s Corn Hole Competition 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm, Pavilion
Men’s Poker Night, 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm, Clubhouse
Movie on the Lawn 8:00 pm-10:00 pm, Events Lawn
Easter Egg Hunt & Donuts, 10:00 am11:30 am, Events Lawn & Soccer Field Kite Fest & Picnic, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Events Lawn
*Events subject to change, see www.SweetwaterLife.com Rough Hollow Elementary School Fundraiser March 27, 2020, 7-10pm Blissful Hill, 25306 Old Ferry Road Spicewood, TX 7866 Raffles/Silent auction
Association Contact Tom O’Grady, Community Manager 17921 Sweetwater Club Circle Austin, TX 78738 Cell: 737-717-0305.
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